This is the second part of my NFL Mock Draft 1.0. Here is the link to the first ten mock draft picks, but as a quick recap, here they are:
- Jaguars: OT Evan Neal, Alabama
- Lions: DE Aidan Hutchinson, Michigan
- Texans: S Kyle Hamilton. Notre Dame
- Jets: DE Kayvon Thibodeaux, Oregon
- Giants: OT Ickey Ekwonu, N.C. State
- Panthers: QB Kenny Pickett, Pittsburgh
- Giants: CB Derek Stingley, LSU
- Falcons: WR Treylon Burks, Arkansas
- Broncos: QB Matt Corral, Mississippi
- Jets: OT Charles Cross, Mississippi State
Picks 11 through 20 feature a plethora of teams that appeared in the playoffs at least once in the past two seasons, but have not yet been able to make deep postseason runs. Finding value in this pick can be the difference between making and missing the tournament stage.
11. Washington Commanders: QB Malik Willis, Liberty
Taylor Heinecke has had his moments with Washington in the past, but it seems clear that he is not the future of the team. The Commanders are only one season removed from winning the NFC East, and have the defense and offensive playmakers to plug in a young quarterback.
Malik Willis is the most athletic quarterback in the draft, and his two dimensional talent is widely recognized by top scouts despite his small school background. It is still possible he becomes the first quarterback taken in this year’s draft.
12. Minnesota Vikings: CB Sauce Gardner, Cincinnati
Minnesota has not been able to put together a competent defense the past couple seasons, and was a huge reason why Mike Zimmer is out of the job. The selection of Sauce Gardner would be an instant upgrade to their secondary, as Gardner did not let up a touchdown his entire college career.
13. Cleveland Browns: WR Chris Olave, Ohio State
With Odell Beckham Jr. gone and Jarvis Landry on the way out, Cleveland is desperate to upgrade the wide receiver position. Either of the Ohio State wideouts could be the pick here at thirteen, but I prefer the route technician in Olave.
14. Baltimore Ravens: G Kenyon Green, Texas A&M
Baltimore is still working on rebuilding their offensive line, and guard Kenyon Green is the best interior lineman from the SEC. He will be an instant upgrade and work great alongside Ben Cleveland.
15. Philadelphia Eagles (via Miami) WR Garrett Wilson, Ohio State
As Philadelphia continues to develop young quarterback Jalen Hurts, adding Wilson to a receiving group already featuring Devonta Smith and Quez Watkins. It was only a couple years ago when Philadelphia struggled finding a single wide receiver, this pick would give them one of the best assortments of young talent at the position.
16. Philadelphia Eagles (via Indianapolis): LB Nakobe Dean, Georgia
Their second consecutive pick, Philadelphia could use reinforcements at the linebacker position as well. Nakobe Dean was an integral piece to Georgia’s championship defense this past defense, and will make an immediate impact wherever he ends up.
17. Los Angeles Chargers: Edge Travon Walker, Georgia
Another Georgia defender, Travon Walker provides necessary reinforcements to a struggling Chargers defense. Walker is a very unique athlete, and will likely not even make it out of the top ten come draft day.
18. New Orleans Saints: OT Trevor Penning, Northern Iowa
If New Orleans does lose Terron Armstead to free agency, Trevor Penning could be an immediate starter to plug in his place. Penning is another player in the running to be a top ten selection, so grabbing him here would be a steal for the Saints.
19. Philadelphia Eagles: OLB David Ojabo, Michigan
The final first round pick for the Philadelphia Eagles, David Ojabo is one of the most athletic defenders in the entire draft, and will fit in perfectly into John Gannon’s defensive scheme. The Eagles have an opportunity to transform their roster with these three first round picks, and in this mock draft, I believe they did just that.
20. Pittsburgh Steelers: C Tyler Linderbaum, Iowa
Pittsburgh has still been unable to rebuild their offensive line over the past couple years, mostly due to departures from interior players such as David DeCastro and Markuice Pouncey. Tyler Linderbaum received a slew of awards during his Iowa career for being one of the best lineman in all of football, and should be a day one starter on the next level.
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